Rachel Epperly_photographerCamila Vidal

I am a composer, experimental vocalist, and improviser who prioritizes emotional and bodily vulnerability. In particular, I use my voice--an instrument deeply connected to the body--to explore personal themes such as gender, queerness, religious trauma, and nature. My current focus is composing solo narrative vocal works that incorporate movement, original text, costume, and narrative.


Though trained in classical composition and piano, I am deeply informed by experimental pop, performance art, and the Korean vocal genre pansori. Besides being a vocalist, I am also a pianist, accordionist, and loop pedal-player. I am an experienced improviser and improvise mostly using stream-of-conscious text and extended voice. 


In 2020, I completed a 10-month Fulbright Research Grant in Seoul, South Korea during which I studied pansori performance and composition. As a part of my grant, I began composing my one-person opera SPIDERLILY, which will be completed in 2023. In 2018, I earned my bachelors in music composition at the University of Michigan and am currently completing my MFA at the California Institute of Arts as a Performer-Composer.

Honors include being the youngest composer ever to be commissioned by the Grand Rapids Symphony and receiving the University of Michigan's Sang Yong Nam Memorial Award for my distinguished commitment to Korean studies. Recent residencies include Westben, Gabriela Lena Frank Academy, and Art OMI.

Email epperlyra@gmail.com for inquiries.

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